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Perimeter protection is one of the most effective ways to prevent an intruder. A more secure system is one that alerts the user of the presence of an intruder, before they can break into the property. It’s a simple idea, but fitting an external detector comes with challenges. Install the brand-new XDL12TT-AM and provide up to 12m premium and robust pet-friendly external detection. Consisting of two independent Passive Infrared (PIR) sensors and one microwave sensor, the Tri-Technology (TT) of the XDL12TT-AM utilises Tri-Signal Detection Logic to identify the presence of an intruder. This provides reliable and stable external detection as all three sensors must be activated sequentially in quick succession to create an alarm. This enhances the detector’s immunity to environmental disturbances and limits the risk of false alarms. With Dual-Vision Pet Immune Technology, each PIR sensor of the XDL12TT-AM has its own dedicated volumetric field of view. The top PIR detects outwards and up, while the bottom PIR detects outwards and down, without overlapping. This setup, alongside Tri-Signal Detection Logic, delivers highly secure sequential detection and increases its tolerance to pet immunity. So, should any large dogs or cats stray into the coverage plane, it would only be picked up by the bottom PIR and the microwave sensors and therefore an alarm condition would not be activated. However, the lens coverage of the PIRs are angled so that any human will be detected walking through both PIR coverage planes. Therefore, as all three sensors are activated, so would an alarm condition. This increases the detectors stability and limits the risk of false alarms. In terms of changing conditions and swaying vegetation, the XDL12TT-AM features Anti-Sway Analytics. This advanced digital filter distinguishing between the movements of trees and plants from that of an intruder, to maintain optimum performance. The detector also boasts IP55 weatherproof rating, thick polycarbonate plastics and fully sealed optics for optimum external performance. It has even been moulded with a stabilizing material to prevent discoloration over time! The XDL12TT-WE also features Anti-Interference Technology to prevent intruders from bypassing detection. This consists of Anti-Masking, which is a Grade 3 Patented Technology that protects against any attempt to mask any of the three sensors with cardboard, duct tape, sprays, lacquers or aluminium foil. It also consists of Anti-Blocking, which is a Grade 4 Technology that prevents the system from being armed if there is anything blocking the vision of any of the sensors. Therefore, to arm the system, whatever is blocking the detector from detecting needs to be removed first. Providing either volumetric or curtain coverage to suit the area that needs protecting, each lens can also be masked to restrict the coverage area. This is particularly useful in areas where busy roads can cause false alarms. The detector also boasts three different frequency bands to avoid any interference (cross-talk) that can occur when two or more detectors with the same frequency band are installed within close proximity of each other. This also allows multiple to be fitted, including the use of a fixed bracket, which enables two to be fitted back to back, providing 24m range with 180° volumetric coverage. Whatever the requirement, the XDL12TT-AM provides the ideal external security solution.
The Avigilon Presence Detector (APD) is a discreet impulse radar device that combines self-learning analytics with impulse radar technology to accurately detect the presence of a person even if they have stopped moving or are hidden. The device scans, learns, and continuously adapts to its environment, helping to reduce false positive events. Designed for indoor locations such as ATM rooms and other closed indoor vestibules within banks, pharmacies, health care facilities and retail stores, the APD can accurately detect a person’s presence through blankets, cardboard, wood and drywall. When integrated with Avigilon Control Center video management software, the sensor is designed to alert operators of security events while still maintaining privacy.
One of the main advantages of Software-as-a-Service solutions is interconnectivity. The cloud allows us to work in a completely different way than was possible before. In the past, an installer would have to get in their van and make a site visit to investigate any complaints or issues from their customer. Now, this can all be done remotely through SaaS-solutions like Vanderbilt’s SPC Connect, changing the entire service interaction quite dramatically. Vanderbilt wants to continue that evolution. Customers now expect very high levels of service from installers. SaaS-solutions are the perfect enabler to achieve this. With SPC Connect, Vanderbilt is delivering an ecosystem that will allow installers to have a better communication environment with their customers. The latest service release of SPC Connect brings installers closer to their customers by creating a platform where they can communicate more freely with each other. This ability to have more open communication between installer and end user, in a secure mechanism such as SPC Connect, will have a significant impact on increasing the level of service for all parties. Customer Notifications Installers can communicate through the SPC Connect network directly to their customers. This feature allows installers to create a message that will appear directly in the user’s app and in their email. The messaging editor provides editing capabilities and the inclusion of links. The installer can also download the list of all customers interested in their message. User Restrictions This enhancement delivers the security company greater control of the level of service they wish to offer through SPC Connect. The function allows the security company to define what operations are permitted by a user such as: Blocking Email; Blocking Push Notification; Blocking Alarm Verification; Blocking Cellphone App; and Blocking Verification Web. Alarm Verification Via Cellphone Devices If an SPC panel is part of an SPC Connect installer account, then a new feature will activate on the user device that will allow the user to view verification data. If the SPC panel is not part of a company, or the company has chosen to block this feature, then the users of that panel will not see any change. When this enhancement is enabled, when an alarm occurs that has verification, the user will be able to view the data and talk and listen live to site.
Fiber-optic technology has proven to be extremely stable and reliable for fence PIDS, detecting intruders attempting to climb over, cut through, or crawl under a perimeter. And although the technology was previously considered prohibitive for small or medium-sized perimeters on the perception that it is too expensive and complicated to install, OPTEX, along with Fiber SenSys Inc, one of its group companies, has designed the RAPID REDFIBER series of affordable and easy-to-install kits, encouraging installers not to compromise on quality. The packaged systems, or kits, offer cost-effective and high-performance protection in two detection zones, ranging from 75m to 200m each, and also include all the necessary components needed for installation. Kit choices include two-channel Alarm Processing Units (APU), one including a PoE/IP module that is integrated with most Video Management Software (VMS) and PSIM platforms, the enclosure box, the pre-connected cable cut to fit 75m, 100m, 150m and 200m zones, the necessary ties to mount the cable on a perimeter, and calibration software. Ricky Miwa, Managing Director of OPTEX Europe, says the technology is highly resistant to extreme weather changes: “Fiber sensing cables are unaffected by harsh environments, including UV radiation, moisture, salt or lightning strikes, and distinguish between genuine intruders and nuisance alarms,” he says. The RAPID REDFIBER PoE module uses an event code that quickly transmits the alarm or event to the VMS software. As RAPID REDFIBER’s detection system sense an intrusion, the APU activates IP cameras to automatically record an event; whilst the VMS platform ensures any untoward activity can be acted upon immediately. “RAPID REDFIBER’s proven high performance rate and low maintenance costs combine to create a very low cost of ownership, making it a reliable and economical solution,” Ricky concludes.
DSC, part of the Security Products business unit of Tyco, redefines intrusion security with the introduction of PowerSeries Neo, a new scalable commercial and residential line of products which combines the flexibility of a modular, hardwired system with the simplicity of a wide range of compatible wireless devices. This brand new and exceptionally flexible platform leverages the superior capabilities of PowerG – the industry’s leading-edge wireless intrusion technology, making it the most comprehensive hybrid intrusion system in the market today. PowerSeries Neo also offers both ‘smart’ home and ‘smart’ business automation features with Alarm.com interactive services. With solutions for a full spectrum of installations, the PowerSeries Neo system offers a fully customizable system with a range of control panels and PowerG-enabled, easy to install wireless devices. At the core of the system are four control panels, ranging in capacity from 16 to 128 zones and two to eight partitions. Each panel starts with six or eight hardwired inputs, 2-4 hardwired outputs and PTSN communication on-board, with the capability for expansion, additional features and services. PowerSeries Neo offers a full range of optional cellular and/or IP communication methods in support of the industry’s transition away from traditional phone lines. Infused with industry-leading PowerG 2-way wireless communication, the system is able to hop between wireless frequency channels so that if one is jammed, it will move to a free frequency. This allows for seamless, reliable communication between the control panel and devices. In addition, PowerSeries Neo allows for devices to continuously measure the communication quality and automatically sets transmission power to the minimum required for reliable communication with the panel, thereby saving energy and battery life. Solid encryption technology offers an exceptionally high level of protection by guarding against digital attacks on the system. The PowerSeries Neo platform is also primed to reduce the incremental costs of false alarms by employing innovative, regionally compliant alarm verification solutions such as visual verification, two-way audio and sequential detection, while also offering additional RMR opportunities to dealers. WebSA, a professional end user application that manages multiple systems, gives users the ability to manage, monitor and control the functionality of their PowerSeries Neo security system through the use of user-friendly, intuitive interfaces accessed with real-time dashboards. A robust and feature rich platform, PowerSeries Neo is designed to reduce operational costs for dealers and provide ultimate reliability for end users. PowerSeries Neo offers a variety of control panels, a full suite of compatible PowerG- enabled wireless devices to include a PIR motion detector with integrated camera, repeaters and glass break sensors and a complete line of expansion modules, protecting the investment and ensuring growth in the future.
DSC Touch, an innovative smart panel which provides customers with home management and interactive security capabilities in an all-in-one, intuitive and easy to use interface. Uniquely based on Google's Android operating system and integrated with Alarm.com, DSC Touch employs WiFi, Bluetooth and Z-Wave technology for a completely wire-free install and 'all-in-one' wireless communications. 7 inch LCD resistive, single touch, 24bit RGB TouchScreen with 800 x 480 resolution Compatible with DSC 433Mhz One-way wireless products Dual-path connectivity with integrated WiFi and Cellular WiFi, Z-Wave, Bluetooth and Image Sensor radio connectivity for smart home automation Up to 242 role-based user codes (Dealer, Installer, Master, User, Guest, Duress) Remote services powered by Alarm.com Built-in front 0.3MP Fixed Focus camera for system Disarm and Alarm photos Contact app provides contact info of security provider and displays messages. Built-in siren Built-in two-way voice Software updates over WiFi and manually with a SD card Photo frame screensaver SD card slot for photos
A panel of experts. Next-generation security and comfort management. With innovative intrusion technology and lifestyle management, Interlogix™ control panels and keypads provide reliable and scalable protection for homes and businesses. Wired and wireless options are designed for simple installation and operation, delivering complete protection and lifestyle enhancement.
Security at your Fingertips PowerSeries high-quality, slim-profile keypads achieve a clean, unobtrusive look that homeowners welcome and installers will appreciate for their easy programming and installation. The keypads feature an input/output terminal that can be programmed to operate as a zone input, programmable output or as a low temperature sensor. The keypads also include adjustable backlit keys that address low-light situations and five programmable keys for simple one button activation of system functions. Easy To Use To simplify usage, the keypads feature five programmable keys for easy one-button activation of system functions. The default tasks assigned to the five function keys are stay arming, away arming, door chime, smoke detector reset and quick exit. With the quick exit function there’s no need to disarm and rearm the system every time an occupant leaves the house or lets the dog out, for example. Flexibility The keypads’ integrated temperature sensor can be programmed to activate when room temperature dips below 43° F (6° C) and restores at 47° F (8° C). Built-in logic prevents the panel from cycling in and out of alarm mode during minor temperature fluctuations, helping to reduce false alarms.) Wireless Convenience RF versions of the keypads are available. They include all of the same features as their hardwired equivalents and are able to support 32 wireless zones and 16 wireless keys without taking up a wireless zone slot.
IMPASSA is the newest, next generation wireless security system from DSC. IMPASSA comes with the defense and offense needed to protect the ‘king’ – the home and homeowner - including: An integrated HSPA (3G) cellular communicator. The flexibility of a distributed wireless system. 2-way audio communication. Defensive Strategy - Integrated Cellular Communicator As any good chess player knows, looking many moves ahead is critical for a checkmate. As more homeowners transition away from traditional phone lines towards VoIP (Voice over IP) or mobile wireless phones for communication, IMPASSA delivers alternate communication configurations including: HSPA (3G) Cellular communicator using the cellular network. Label library. In addition, IMPASSA includes a more traditional phone line communicator using the Plain Old Telephone Systems (POTS). The Flexibility of a Distributed Wireless System Because IMPASSA is a distributed wireless system, installers have the flexibility of positioning the panel away from the premise’s entry point. A WT5500 Wireless wire-free keypad can be installed near the entry point so that even if the premise is compromised, the main unit (the IMPASSA panel) cannot be located by the intruder and tampered with. For additional protection, 2-way wireless sirens can be installed away from the IMPASSA alarm system to further camouflage and protect its location. 2-Way Audio Communication for Ultimate Peace of Mind Sometimes even the ‘king’ needs advice, help or reassurance. IMPASSA delivers 2-way audio (VOX only or VOX and push-to-talk) alarm communication with the central monitoring station during alarm events for the homeowner’s peace of mind. With high-quality speakers and microphones, homeowners can easily talk directly to the central monitoring station as needed.Add to Compare
Get Control on the Go with the nuLinc Cellular Communicator and LinearLinc Mobile App Bring mobile control to any monitored security system quickly and easily with new Cellular technology from Linear: the nuLinc™ Wireless Communicator and the LinearLinc™ web-based Mobile App. Wireless Convenience for Users: Home or business owners get seamless, flexible control of their security systems via smart phones or computers with Internet access, from virtually anywhere … and at a significant savings! Profit Center for Dealers and Central Stations: Earn monthly revenues for system management and monitoring, while saving your accounts the cost of infrequently-used telephone lines. Fast Installation: Installs quickly, with no on-site configuration required. Compatible with Many Alarm Brands and Cell Networks: nuLinc instantly transforms hard-wired phone line alarm systems to cellular! Supporting most common security industry standard protocols, nuLinc and LinearLinc give you control on the go. For details, see your Linear distributor or sales rep, or visit www.linearcorp.com/linearlinc.Add to Compare
Seamlessly integrating multiple security elements, the NetworX™ system delivers optimum security for current and future needs of your home or small business. Particularly well-suited for new construction, NetworX offers a wide selection of hard-wired security elements including keypad, motion sensors, glassbreak detectors, smoke detectors and magnetic contacts. For added convenience, NetworX has extensive wireless capabilities backed by expert technicians experienced in optimal system design. This system also easily integrates with many third-party control systems such as home automation, lighting, HVAC and audio. Complete with cellular backup, NetworX represents one of the most advanced, expandable and reliable security solutions available. Control PanelsWith a track record of global security success, the NetworX™ product line includes a series of control panels that are universally compatible with all NX products and several GE wired and wireless accessories that can be scaled or modified to meet changing security requirements. The control panel functions as the “brains” of your security system, coordinating input from different sensors and transmitting alarm monitoring information to a central monitoring center. Fully versatile, these control panels accommodate a variety of integrated components that allow you to customize, and easily expand your system to meet your security requirements. All NetworX control panels have fire alarm verification capability to help prevent false alarms. NX-4The NX-4 control panel is a flexible, entry-level security system that features advanced technology for the detection of burglary, fire and environmental events. A cost-effective solution that is easy to install, the NX-4 is ideal for apartments, smaller homes and commercial environments. Equipped with the standard four hard-wired zones, the NX-4 can easily expand to eight fully programmable hard-wired zones, eight wireless zones or a combination of both. NX-6The NX-6 is a full-featured system designed to handle most medium-sized residential and commercial applications. Like all NetworX control panels, its modular design allows for complete integration of multiple systems within one enclosure. In addition to the features found on the NX-4 model, the NX-6 comes standard with six hard-wired zones and can easily expand to 12 fully programmable hard-wired zones, 16 wireless zones or a combination of both. NX-8 and NX-8EThe NX-8 and NX-8E represent the top-of-the-line systems for the most demanding home and commercial security needs. These feature-rich units include all the capabilities of the NX-6 model with options to accommodate an extensive number of keypads and users.
Copper Cop from Linear safeguards commercial air conditioning (HVAC) units from costly theft and destruction of copper condenser lines. This simple, two-part system – alarm interconnect box and cable harness -- triggers an alarm if the cables are tampered with, or an HVAC cover is removed. Ideal for environments especially vulnerable to theft: Unoccupied buildings Schools Single-Story Retail Buildings Places of Worship Rural and vacant facilities Cellular Network Facilities/Towers Remote Communication Centers Substation Outbuildings Field-Proven, Effective Theft Deterrence Installs quickly on HVAC unit exterior by any security contractor and is activated in minutes. No HVAC, Plumber‘s or Electrician’s license required. Ready to accept a wireless alarm transmitter or hard-wired connection to any security alarm panel. Bright yellow cable harness acts as a visual deterrent to would-be thieves. Does not trigger a false alarm even if fluctuations in refrigerant pressure or electrical power outages occur Learn more: Watch the Copper Cop Video here
Version 8.0 of long-range award-winning LiDAR – the REDSCAN RLS-3060 series and its configuration software REDSCAN Manager are both available. The new firmware enables additional detection modes including loitering detection, day/night pattern to the 30m radius RLS-3060L, while it allows the high end model to extend its detection area to 50m radius. The RLS-3060L will offer more flexibility in managing dry contacts with the option to switch from normally open (N.O.) to normally closed (N.C.). The RLS-3060L model ver. 8.0 features more detection zones and detection modes as well as greater flexibility with settings. The standard 2D LiDAR provides 30m radius detection range with 4 detection zones when used in analog configuration and 8 zones in IP configuration. Loitering and selectable pattern modes are now available. Alarm duration and detection time settings are also more adjustable.
The residential home security market is rapidly migrating away from PSTN lines toward IP communications. As a result, security service providers need to adopt new communications technologies. Visonic offers a complete set of solutions for IP-based security services. Our solutions are ideal for service providers who wish to take advantage of this large and fast-growing Internet opportunity to not only meet changing customer needs but also to maximize recurring revenues.Visonic's range of IP solutions offers compelling advantages for alarm monitoring stations and security service providers. These advantages include more reliable communication, reduced costs and the opportunity to differentiate through premium services.IP Management Platform - IPMPA unique service management platform that provides a total solution for the management of IP-based services. It serves as the IP receiver for all Visonic communications modules (GPRS and broadband). The unique architecture of Visonic's IPMP - targeted to the needs of security service providers - makes it one of the most cost-effective IP service management solutions on the market. A single IPMP receiver can easily handle up to 20,000 accounts at a keep-alive period of 2 minutes. The IPMP delivers the events received to the central station software using standard receiver protocols, so the ARC software does not need any special adaptations in order to work with IPMP.The IPMP supervises the IP and cellular internal modules and forwards all events received from them to the central station software. This enabling the central station operator to track an alarmed system quickly, and to view the alarm-time recorded images via a standard web browser on the operator console, with no need to leave his/her work station. PowerLink An Internet-based solution for advanced home security and control. It provides a plug and play broadband IP event notification solution for alarm central stations. Also, it can be expanded with up to 12 cameras placed around the premises to create a comprehensive IP-based video alarm verification solution.GPRS connectivity Our GPRS modules ensure maximum reliability of event delivery to the alarm central station. It also includes advanced features such as two-way voice communication and SMS control.Add to Compare
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In the age of massive data breaches, phishing attacks and password hacks, user credentials are increasingly unsafe. So how can organizations secure accounts without making life more difficult for users? Marc Vanmaele, CEO of TrustBuilder, explains. User credentials give us a sense of security. Users select their password, it's personal and memorable to them, and it's likely that it includes special characters and numbers for added security. Sadly, this sense is most likely false. If it's anything like the 5.4 billion user IDs on haveibeenpwned.com, their login has already been compromised. If it's not listed, it could be soon. Recent estimates state that 8 million more credentials are compromised every day. Ensuring Safe Access Data breaches, ransomware and phishing campaigns are increasingly easy to pull off. Cyber criminals can easily find the tools they need on Google with little to no technical knowledge. Breached passwords are readily available to cyber criminals on the internet. Those that haven’t been breached can also be guessed, phished or cracked using one of the many “brute-force” tools available on the internet. It's becoming clear that login credentials are no longer enough to secure your users' accounts. Meanwhile, organizations have a responsibility and an ever-stricter legal obligation to protect their users’ sensitive data. This makes ensuring safe access to the services they need challenging, particularly when trying to provide a user experience that won’t cause frustration – or worse, lose your customers’ interest. After GDPR was implemented across the European Union, organizations could face a fine of up to €20 million, or 4% annual global turnover Importance Of Data Protection So how can businesses ensure their users can safely and simply access the services they need while keeping intruders out, and why is it so important to strike that balance? After GDPR was implemented across the European Union, organizations could face a fine of up to €20 million, or 4% annual global turnover – whichever is higher, should they seriously fail to comply with their data protection obligations. This alone was enough to prompt many organizations to get serious about their user’s security. Still, not every business followed suit. Cloud Security Risks Breaches were most commonly identified in organizations using cloud computing or where staff use personal devices According to a recent survey conducted at Infosecurity Europe, more than a quarter of organizations did not feel ready to comply with GDPR in August 2018 – three months after the compliance deadline. Meanwhile, according to the UK Government’s 2018 Cyber Security Breaches survey, 45% of businesses reported breaches or attacks in the last 12 months. According to the report, logins are less secure when accessing services in the cloud where they aren't protected by enterprise firewalls and security systems. Moreover, breaches were most commonly identified in organizations using cloud computing or where staff use personal devices (known as BYOD). According to the survey, 61% of UK organizations use cloud-based services. The figure is higher in banking and finance (74%), IT and communications (81%) and education (75%). Additionally, 45% of businesses have BYOD. This indicates a precarious situation. The majority of businesses hold personal data on users electronically and may be placing users at risk if their IT environments are not adequately protected. Hackers have developed a wide range of tools to crack passwords, and these are readily available within a couple of clicks on a search engine Hacking Methodology In a recent exposé on LifeHacker, Internet standards expert John Pozadzides revealed multiple methods hackers use to bypass even the most secure passwords. According to John’s revelations, 20% of passwords are simple enough to guess using easily accessible information. But that doesn’t leave the remaining 80% safe. Hackers have developed a wide range of tools to crack passwords, and these are readily available within a couple of clicks on a search engine. Brute force attacks are one of the easiest methods, but criminals also use increasingly sophisticated phishing campaigns to fool users into handing over their passwords. Users expect organizations to protect their passwords and keep intruders out of their accounts Once a threat actor has access to one password, they can easily gain access to multiple accounts. This is because, according to Mashable, 87% of users aged 18-30 and 81% of users aged 31+ reuse the same passwords across multiple accounts. It’s becoming clear that passwords are no longer enough to keep online accounts secure. Securing Data With Simplicity Users expect organizations to protect their passwords and keep intruders out of their accounts. As a result of a data breach, companies will of course suffer financial losses through fines and remediation costs. Beyond the immediate financial repercussions, however, the reputational damage can be seriously costly. A recent Gemalto study showed that 44% of consumers would leave their bank in the event of a security breach, and 38% would switch to a competitor offering a better service. Simplicity is equally important, however. For example, if it’s not delivered in ecommerce, one in three customers will abandon their purchase – as a recent report by Magnetic North revealed. If a login process is confusing, staff may be tempted to help themselves access the information they need by slipping out of secure habits. They may write their passwords down, share them with other members of staff, and may be more susceptible to social engineering attacks. So how do organizations strike the right balance? For many, Identity and Access Management solutions help to deliver secure access across the entire estate. It’s important though that these enable simplicity for the organization, as well as users. Organizations need an IAM solution that will adapt to both of these factors, providing them with the ability to apply tough access policies when and where they are needed and prioritising swift access where it’s safe to do so Flexible IAM While IAM is highly recommended, organizations should seek solutions that offer the flexibility to define their own balance between a seamless end-user journey and the need for a high level of identity assurance. organizations’ identity management requirements will change over time. So too will their IT environments. organizations need an IAM solution that will adapt to both of these factors, providing them with the ability to apply tough access policies when and where they are needed and prioritising swift access where it’s safe to do so. Importantly, the best solutions will be those that enable this flexibility without spending significant time and resource each time adaptations need to be made. Those that do will provide the best return on investment for organizations looking to keep intruders at bay, while enabling users to log in safely and simply.
There’s only so much a corporation can do to counteract the threat of a major incident. You can ask everyone to be vigilant and to report anything suspicious, but you cannot stop someone intent on deliberately starting a fire, threatening a work colleague with a knife or something much worse. And of course, most businesses recognize that even routine events – such as burst pipes, IT system failures, extreme weather event or power outages – can have significant consequences unless they are quickly brought under control. Training Security Officers Governments and organizations across the world are increasingly encouraging businesses to re-assess risks and to plan for and conduct drills for major emergencies. This is driving different agencies and companies to invest in new skills, resources and systems, and encouraging businesses to routinely re-evaluate their emergency response strategies. UK police forces are increasingly training security officers in the public and private sectors on how best to react to potential terrorist incidents For example: UK police forces are increasingly training security officers in the public and private sectors on how best to react to potential terrorist incidents, as part of the UK government’s Action Counter Terrorism program. And organizations including the Association of University Chief Security Officers (AUCSO) and Higher Education Business Continuity Network (HEBCoN) are developing customized training for their members to improve their own response and business continuity plans. Mass Notifications Systems Whether an organization is facing a terrorist attack or a severe weather event, follow up reports consistently identify that the same types of challenges are common to all crisis situations, with similar errors often occurring again and again. Typically, these are centered on three key areas: poor communications, fractured command and control structures, and delayed deployment of resources. Communications skills and technologies clearly play a pivotal role in how effective an organization is in responding to major incidents, particularly when it comes to assessing the situation and its implications, moving people towards safety and providing updates as an incident unfolds. However, when an organization is considering its technology options, emergency response and mass notification systems (MNS) are often touted as the ideal platform to deliver all the required critical communications and ongoing updates. UK police forces are increasingly training security officers in the public and private sectors on how best to react to potential terrorist incidents Emergency Notification System All the incident reporting, command and control, and communications functions have been brought together on a single platform But, if an organization does not know exactly where all its staff or students are, and it cannot see the location and availability of its first responders and other emergency coordinators relative to them and the incident, then how useful is it to send a top-down alert to everyone? And what about fast moving or multi-centre incidents, where previously agreed evacuation procedures, recommended actions or mustering points may need to change if an incident takes an unexpected turn? Many organizations may have been lulled into believing that an emergency notification system will allow them to confidently handle all the communications aspects of virtually any crisis. In reality, too many businesses are still unaware that there are now much more sophisticated and proven technologies where all the incident reporting, command and control, and communications functions have been brought together on a single platform. Using Live Map Tracking The benefit of using these advanced and more integrated approaches – often categorized as mobile distributed command and control systems – is that they enable faster and better decision making in a crisis using real-time feedback and two-way dialogue with those closest to the emergency. And they avoid the risks of any potential delays, miscommunications or mistakes that can happen when an organization is under pressure to respond and often switching between multiple systems. Leading universities and multi-national corporations are already using new mobile/web-enabled platforms to improve their incident response These next generation emergency management platforms have been specifically designed to enable real-time mapping of an organization’s security assets and its users on a single screen and to fully integrate it with a highly targeted geo-fenced notification capability. The mass notification aspect of the system can then be used to advise specific groups on the best actions to take at their location as an incident develops. The use of live map tracking enables real time mapping of an organisation's security assets Segmented Messaging Many leading universities and multi-national corporations are already using these new mobile/web-enabled platforms to plan, manage and improve their incident response, leading to 50% faster reactions and more positive outcomes.During a crisis, users can receive push notifications so the security centre can immediately see their exact location and advise them accordingly The systems have been widely adopted within the higher-education sector, but they are equally applicable to any large company with multiple international sites or those situated in research or corporate campuses where the bulk of assets and people are based in one or more key locations. Typically, systems provide users with a smartphone app that they can use to call for immediate emergency or first aid support when at work, or to report something suspicious which could prevent an apparently minor incident from escalating into a full-scale emergency. During a crisis, users can receive push notifications, SMS and E-mails asking them to open the app if they are not already logged in, so the security center can immediately see their exact location and advise them accordingly. Supporting Dispersed Mustering Now that communications can be more nimble, responsive and flexible this can support the increasing numbers of planners are recognizing the advantages of dispersed mustering. This is a strategy that has been developed to reduce the risk of secondary attacks on unprotected people complying with instructions to evacuate from premises and gather in what are, effectively, exposed locations. It is now acknowledged that evacuees waiting outside for any length of time are more vulnerable to targeted attacks or to injury, from flying glass for example. With dispersed mustering – a strategy made more effective by these new mobile distributed command and control systems - a building’s occupants can be advised not to go outside, but to move to known safe internal locations. People in each specific area can then be kept regularly updated. Many corporations are now using new mobile/web-enabled platforms to improve their incident response Coordination Between Response Agencies The software platforms can be integrated with an organization’s fixed security infrastructure to take real-time sharing of information First responders are permanently logged in, so the emergency operations center can see their exact locations in real-time and can advise what actions to take in mustering people or in setting up and protecting security cordons. Bringing everything together on one platform, with real-time feedback and in a fully integrated system also removes what is often seen as the weakest communication link in managing any major incident: the need to rely on conventional two-way radio as the sole means of communication between the command and control center and its first responders and other team members on the ground. The software platforms can be integrated with an organization’s fixed security infrastructure to take real-time sharing of information to a new level for improved collaboration, coordination and communications between users, the incident management team and external agencies. Improving Emergency Response Strategies One of the most powerful features of some of these new systems is the ability to record and view all alerts, responses and the detailed conversations between first responders, emergency coordinators and other parties. This allows the systems to be used to simulate major incidents involving inputs from the emergency services and other key agencies and to ensure the organization’s crisis management plans have been fully tested against a range of possible incident scenarios.
As we approach National Safe Schools Week (October 21-27), it is appropriate for a conversation to begin regarding establishing standards for K12 school security. Currently no standards exist for assisting schools navigate the complexity of understanding what they need, how much it will cost and how they will secure their learning environments. Security Industry Experts The Partner Alliance for Safer Schools (PASS) is one of the organizations at the forefront of establishing security standards for schools. In 2014, the Security Industry Association (SIA) and the National Systems Contractors Association (NSCA) formed PASS, which brought together a cross functional group of members including school officials, safe schools’ consultants, law enforcement and security industry experts to collaborate and develop a coordinated approach to protecting K-12 students and staff. School administrators are often contacted repeatedly by organizations with multiple safety and security products PASS has provided valuable insights regarding an ‘All Hazards’ approach to school safety and security. In fact, PASS suggests that school administrators are challenged with two decisions: Determining what they need to do How to prioritize Safe School Environment School administrators are experts in running schools and providing education. However, most are not security experts and do not understand the complexity of implementing a comprehensive physical security and safety program across their districts. Still, they are often contacted repeatedly by organizations with multiple safety and security products. School administrators are experts in running schools and providing education, but most are not security experts Some of these organizations recognize their products are just pieces of a safe school environment puzzle and how they fit in, whereas others focus on specific applications and do not understand how their specific solutions may affect life safety codes and Americans with Disabilities Act law. (Note: Many ‘barricade devices’ fall into this latter category and actually introduce liability concerns with the unintended consequences of their use.)Schools incorporate evacuation drills as part of their emergency preparedness plans and practice on a regular basis Even for experts, the plethora of options and disparate systems required to integrate a safety and security approach at schools is daunting. The ongoing challenge is integrating access control, video, mass notification, and/or visitor management products into a single, effective, and appropriate system the owner can understand, utilize, and afford and that meet local codes and ADA laws. In the absence of standards, schools are likely to amass a collection of devices that do not constitute a comprehensive solution. Lack Of Consensus In years past, the our industry and commercial buildings adhered to legacy codes – like Building Officials and Code Administrators International Inc. (BOCA), Uniform Building Code (UBC), Southern Building Code Congress International Inc. (SBBCI), and International Conference of Building Officials (ICBO) – which have traditionally been revised every three years, while local jurisdictions decided what versions to adopt and enforce. Currently, however, there is a move toward the International Building Code (IBC), which is published by the International Code Council (ICC) and includes standards and guidance for commercial buildings on doors, windows, and other openings. A risk assessment is the next step toward developing a comprehensive security plan, and begins with developing a trend analysis Still, despite this migration of codes from a patchwork of local decisions to global guidelines, there remains a lack of consensus around school security. The current fragmented approach causes confusion regarding how new schools are designed and how to retrofit existing school buildings, whose average age is 45+ years. Right Protection Equipment One can point to the fact that there hasn’t been one student lost in a school fire in over 50 years as testament to standards like NFPA 80 and NFPA 101 being referenced in model building codes. Additionally, schools incorporate evacuation drills as part of their emergency preparedness plans and practice on a regular basis. It’s not just having the right protection equipment in the building, it’s also having a procedural layer in place to make sure everyone knows their roles and responsibilities in the event of fire. The stress of the actual event can limit ones’ ability to think clearly. Practice makes perfect. Why would we approach school security any differently? School security is a team effort, and it is important to understand all the areas security impacts and involves School security is a team effort. It is important to understand all the areas security impacts and involves. PASS suggests starting with a basic team consisting of: Security Director Local Law Enforcement School Administrator Integrator Door and Hardware Consultant IT Director Comprehensive Security Plan Quantifying and mitigating risk are the jobs of security professionals and school administratorsA risk assessment is the next step toward developing a comprehensive security plan. This often begins with conducting a trend analysis requiring the collection of data from a variety of public and private sources. The challenge is to pull these pieces into a usable and easily understood format that provides a guide for current and future risk concerns. Risk assessment and mitigation can never eliminate risk. Quantifying and mitigating risk are the jobs of security professionals and school administrators. Data from the following sources can help measure risk: Campus: Review incident report trends for at least the past 36 months. Area and city: Review crime data from local law enforcement for the surrounding neighborhood and city. Screening procedures: How is hiring conducted? Anonymous tip reporting systems: Enabling students, staff members, parents and the community to anonymously alert administrators to perceived and actual threats. Social media monitoring: such monitoring can provide important information that can be used to identify risks. Monitoring social media could help measure risk for school safety Delay Adversarial Behaviors These assessments can then be incorporated into the best practice approach of Layered Security. Layered security combines best practice components within each layer that effectively deter, detect and delay adversarial behaviors. Layered security works from the outside in. As one layer is bypassed, another layer provides an additional level of protection. The asset being protected is at the center of the layers – students, staff and authorized visitors. PASS defines five layers of Security:As one layer is bypassed, another layer provides an additional level of protection District Wide Property Perimeter Parking Lot Perimeter Building Perimeter Classroom/Interior Perimeter Appropriate Tier Target Each layer can be broken down into Tier levels with Tier 1 being basic and Tier 4 being the highest level of security. It is important to understand that the demographics of individual school buildings varies, even within the same district. Security experts will quickly point out that ‘if you’ve seen one school, you’ve seen one school’. The assessments will determine the appropriate Tier target. Figure 1 Each layer includes essential protective elements, or components, of security. Every layer does not necessarily include all seven of these common components, and a layer may include additional components unique to that particular layer. Safety And Security Components Policies & Procedures People (roles & training) Architectural Communication Access Control Video Surveillance Detection and Alarms Layered Security While components are not listed in a priority order, three components included in all layers are policies and procedures, the roles and training of people, and communication. These components often perform a function in every layer and every tier in each layer. Three tools come together in the PASS approach as outlined in the new 4th Edition of the PASS Guidelines (Figure 2) - the Layers are established and defined, a Checklist/Assessment breaks down each layer into tiered best practices which then tie into the guidelines where a narrative explains each best practice in more detail. Figure 2 Schools need not reinvent the wheel when it comes to school security planning. Following the best practices of Risk Assessments and Layered Security will ensure that every school building in a district will have a unique and comprehensive plan that is tailored to their individual needs.
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